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In the newsroom, you will find the latest updates on the BlueInvest initiative: useful videos to expand your knowledge, success stories, insights on our pasts and upcoming events and much more!  

 

BlueInvest was launched in 2019 with the aim to facilitate access to finance and support investment readiness for early stage businesses, SMEs and scale ups in the blue economy. The platform …

  • Supports investment readiness and access to finance for innovative start-ups, SMEs, and scale-ups in the blue economy.
  • Provides a market path through technical assistance, visibility, matchmaking and network- and opportunity-building for investors and companies.
  • Guides investors to specialize their investment strategies into blue economy related areas and to maximize their related investments.
  • Fosters a community and investment ecosystem to help finance the go-to-market and scale-up and to fuel the transition to more sustainable finance and impact investment.

 

SUCCESS STORIES

80+ beneficiaries had qualified introductions to investors
50+ beneficiaries secured investment
96.5% satisfaction rate
 
Read more  on the BlueInvest beneficiaries and their success stories here below. 
Want to be the next one? Apply to BlueInvest Readiness Assistance or Fundraising Assistance.
 
 

Ocean Ecostructure: promoting biodiversity with BlueInvest

Success stories

Ocean Ecostructure, a Spanish company from Barcelona, is addressing pressing environmental challenges related to the loss of biomass and biodiversity.

Ocean Ecostructure’s smart panels offer a habitat for many species.

Ocean Ecostructure’s smart panels offer a habitat for many species.

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Ocean Ecostructure, a Spanish company from Barcelona, is addressing pressing environmental challenges related to the loss of biomass and biodiversity.

The company creates panels that facilitate marine life growth, creating micro-reefs and enhancing biodiversity in ports, on oil platforms, and other offshore structures.

Their participation in the BlueInvest Readiness Assistance Programme in 2023 has helped them to grow.

Ignasi Ferrer, Co-Founder of Ocean Ecostructure, states: "We are very grateful for the invaluable coaching provided by BlueInvest, which proved instrumental in closing our inaugural round of investments."

 

Smart panels that promote biodiversity

Ocean Ecostructure's innovation is threefold and comprehensive:

  • a calcium carbonate-based panel
  • a robotic data gathering element, and
  • a commitment to social engagement as the data is publicly accessible.

This ensures not only the creation of artificial marine habitats but also the accessibility of crucial data to the public for informed conservation efforts.

Ignasi Ferrer, Co-Founder of Ocean Ecostructure: “It is fascinating to see how you only need to give the ocean an opportunity and then it multiplies it.”

 

Ocean Ecostructure's innovative technology is inspired by biomimicry, replicating the surfaces where marine organisms naturally attach and thrive, such as coral reefs and rocky shores.

Copyright: Ocean Ecostructure

 

Ocean Ecostructure's innovative technology is inspired by biomimicry, replicating the surfaces where marine organisms naturally attach and thrive, such as coral reefs and rocky shores. By emulating these natural habitats, the panels encourage the settlement and growth of marine species, promoting biodiversity and biomass creation.

Each live posting unit is uniquely coded and geolocalised, allowing for precise monitoring. These panels collect a diverse range of data, including CO2 levels, oxygen levels, acidity, levels of chlorophyll, and water temperature.

This data is stored in the cloud and accessible via a platform called iOceans. This enables customers to monitor the evolution of marine environments over time. Predictive models offer insights into future trends, empowering proactive decision-making.

Moreover, the data is made accessible to the public through Ocean Ecostructure's app, fostering transparency and social engagement in marine conservation efforts.

Ocean Ecostructure's smart panels offer the users a wide range of  data, accessible through their website and app.

Ocean Ecostructure's smart panels offer the users a wide range of data, accessible through their website and app.

Copyright: Ocean Ecostructure

 

From ports to the deep sea

Initially targeting ports, marinas, offshore wind, and oil platforms, Ocean Ecostructure's market has expanded rapidly. The company's innovative approach has garnered attention, leading to significant market growth projections, estimated at €5 million by 2026.

Ocean Ecostructure plans to scale their operations and product offerings.

Currently, they are deploying 150 units, with 700 in the pipeline with new worldwide clients.

With ongoing R&D efforts, they are developing new products targeting further market diversification and growth. For 2025, they are planning on launching new coastal protection systems and deep seabed solutions.

 

BlueInvest in action

BlueInvest has been crucial for Ocean Ecostructure's journey. Their participation in the Readiness Assistance Programme in 2023 served as a cornerstone. It provided them invaluable guidance, opening doors to prestigious affiliations with entities like the Spanish Port Authorities, Norrsken, and Repsol Foundation. These partnerships not only enhanced the company’s profile but also expanded their operational horizons.

With a seed investment round of 1.6 million successfully secured by year-end, the company attributes much of this achievement to the insights garnered from BlueInvest.

 

About BlueInvest

BlueInvest is an EU initiative that aims to boost innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy. It offers assistance to access financing for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. BlueInvest is enabled by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

BlueInvest Readiness Assistance is an exclusive coaching programme. It targets high potential EU startups and SMEs with innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the blue economy. Businesses and projects selected for investment readiness assistance will receive coaching packages tailored to their readiness levels and business objectives. The programme is impact-driven, with a clear focus on providing business support to help startups and SMEs build capacities for growth and attract investment.

More mature SMEs can also apply to the BlueInvest fundraising assistance, that aims to support equity round closures through coaching.

For any questions, reach out to us at lu-blueinvest@pwc.lu.

 

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OTHER BLUE NEWS

 

EUSPA funding scheme grant

EUSPA has published a new Fundamental Elements funding scheme grant to support the integration of Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) in maritime positioning and/or navigation solutions. 

The Galileo HAS-enabled Maritime receiver Call for Proposals aims at designing, developing, testing and demonstrating a GNSS positioning/navigation solution, integrating Galileo HAS receiver, suitable to be embedded within the vessel navigation equipment.

Deadline for submission to the call: Friday, September 20, 2024 - 23:59 CEST.

You can read more about this opportunity at the EUSPA pages.

 

 

Oceanovation Festival - 21-22 June 2023

 

Innovation and technology are the cornerstones of a blue economy, and Europe is leading the way. A thriving Blue economy promises to bring innumerable benefits through the financing of projects and investments with a focus on marine innovation and circular economy solutions. This is why Blue Invest is a supporting partner of OCEANOVATION Festival taking place in The Hague on 21-22 June.

The Festival will bring together 350+ innovative founders, investors, corporates, and forward-thinking minds in the ocean space to identify, implement and scale the technologies we need to grow the blue economy in a sustainable way. As part of the Blue Invest network, you will be able to attend 2 days of workshops and engaging conversation with a 40% discount on the ticket. Take part in the different civities offered during the event such as a Founders program, dedicated Investor Program, Pitch on The Beach, Industry Workshops, and unlimited networking opportunities.

More information here

 

Protecting and Monitoring the Ocean - the Nordics

BlueInvest is partnering up with Ocean Autonomy Cluster for the seminar “Protecting and Monitoring the Ocean - the Nordics” taking place on 03 May in Clarion Brattøra and online.

Experts, innovators, and industry leaders will gather to discuss the current state and prospects of the blue economy in the Nordic region.

The session "Solutions looking for a problem - Entrepreneurs" is available for online participation. Register here.

The other parts of the event are by invitation only. Any questions can be addressed to Ocean Autonomy Cluster.

Programme and more information here.

 

Innovation Fund third small-scale call for projects

The third Innovation Fund small-scale call for projects was launched on 30 March 2023 with a budget of EUR 100 million for projects with a total capital cost between EUR 2.5 million and below EUR 7.5 million, it will be open for projects submissions until 19 September 2023, 17:00 Brussels time.

On 20 April, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) and the European Commission's DG Climate Action are organising an Info Day to present the call.

Registration and information here.

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Discover the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism

BlueInvest and the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism are collaborating to provide market pathways for sustainable and innovative technologies at different stages of formation.

The Black Sea Assistance Mechanism offers participating countries practical support to help meet the blue economy goals of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea.

The focus is on facilitating awareness and capacity of local and regional stakeholders by providing the Black Sea community with expertise on the blue economy, a network across borders on both shores to help project leaders find the right partners, as well as support with project idea development and share funding opportunities.

 

BlueInvest and the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism are collaborating to provide market pathways for sustainable and innovative technologies at different stages of formation.

The Black Sea Assistance Mechanism offers participating countries practical support to help meet the blue economy goals of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea.

The focus is on facilitating awareness and capacity of local and regional stakeholders by providing the Black Sea community with expertise on the blue economy, a network across borders on both shores to help project leaders find the right partners, as well as support with project idea development and share funding opportunities.